Cruise package – Canada and New England from New York

Plan a cruise package to Canada and New England starting with 3 fantastic days in New York followed by a 9-night cruise from Cape Liberty Cruise Port, New Jersey, with Royal Caribbean.

Beautiful New England and Exciting Atlantic Canada

Explore the beautiful north-east corner of the USA, rich in history as one of the earliest English settlements of pilgrims in the “New World” and with endless possibilities for activities and adventure.

New England cruise itineraries include some or all of the cruise ports of Boston, Bar Harbor, Portland and Newport.

Enjoy small town charm and bustling cities. Discover where independant America all began. Then step out into the outstanding nature this area offers.

From the sandy shores and islands of the Atlantic coast, to the lakes, forests and mountain ranges inland, it’s easy to fall in love with the place.

Acadia National Park – a cruise highlight

One of the main highlights of this cruise is Acadia National Park, located on Mount Desert Island in Maine. Dominated by Cadillac Mountain, which is the highest peak on the east coast of America, you can walk the rocky shoreline and hike the trails as you explore.

It’s a memorable experience. This is our favorite corner of continental USA.

Rugged Atlantic Canada

To the northeast lies Atlantic Canada including the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Québec. Cruise itineraries here can include Halifax, Sydney, Saint John, Prince Edward Island and Québec City.

Different cruise lines and cruise dates include some or all of these stops so choose the itinerary to suit you!

This is soon to become one of your favorite and most diverse cruising experiences ever.

13-night cruise package to Canada and New England

Start off your cruise package to Canada and New England with 3 days in exciting New York, then relax and unwind on a perfect cruise with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. This package suggestion includes:

  • 4 hotel nights in New York before your cruise
  • 3 full days exploring New York City
  • 9 night luxury cruise with Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas

Your cruising destinations are:

  • New York (Depart from Cape Liberty, New Jersey)
  • As sea cruising at sea on board Adventure of the Seas
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Portland, Maine
  • Saint John, New Brunswick
  • At sea cruising on board Adventure of the Seas
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • At sea cruising on board Adventure of the Seas
  • New York (Cape Liberty, New Jersey)

Welcome to a 2-week luxury adventure trip! We travelled with teenagers to these destinations and they loved it too. Best of all, it’s easy to book yourself so you have complete control over your vacation.

Flights: Tips for return flights to New York

There are three main airports servicing New York city.

  • JFK International: The airport is located about 21km south of the Manhattan. Airport code: JFK 
  • Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey: The airport is located approximately 30km west of Manhattan, in New Jersey. Airport code: EWR
  • La Guardia: as a smaller airport La Guardia services domestic flights and is located just east of Manhattan in Queens. Airport code: LGA

When looking for flights, remember that if you are flying from Europe, most flights leave in the afternoon or evening. That means most likely you are flying overnight and will arrive local time early morning the following day.

(Tip! Read our advice about booking your flights online before you book!) 

Check the dates and times of arrival and departure so that you book the correct dates with your hotel. If the time given for your flight arrival includes “+1” this means that you are arriving at the stated time on the following day after the departure date. This happens with eastbound flights.

We recommend that flights are booked around 4-6 months before your travel date. But keep an eye on availability and special offers from the large international airlines such as American Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM and United Airlines.

The earliest you will be able to book your flight ticket is around 11 months before your planned departure date, when seats and prices are released by the airline.

A flight journey with fewer stops is often worth the extra cost

Unless you want a stopover on the way to New York, for example in a city your have never visited before and you want to spend a couple of nights there, book a ticket with as few stops as possible.
There are two main benefits for doing this and it is often worth paying more for this option:

  1. It will shorten your overall journey time there minimizing the effects of lengthy jetlag
  2. There will be fewer opportunities for your baggage to be lost by the airline

As with all cruise bookings that require you flying to your cruise port, we recommend booking a changeable and refundable flight ticket. Just in case! Cruise lines can change their itineraries or cancel sailings and you may need to amend your flight ticket accordingly.

Check the terms and conditions that apply to your flight ticket before you purchase. Remember that tickets offering the lowest price can often be inflexible. Avoid tickets that are non-refundable and non-changeable.

Transport: Tips for arrival transfer from airport to hotel

If your flight arrives in the middle of the night, you will need to book that night accommodation too so that you have a room to check into directly upon arrival. Just inform your hotel of your estimated check-in time. This will avoid your room being released if they think that you are not going to show up late into the night.

If your flight arrives early in the morning, we recommend that you, before you travel, contact the hotel and ask if it is possible for an early check in. Otherwise most hotels have a check in around 2pm.

We may also want to consider booking yourselves an airport transfer service directly with the hotel when you make your accommodation reservation. Especially if you are more than 2 people, it may be worth the cost.

Each of the hotels we recommend offer transfer service from the airport to your hotel (for a fee). For more alternatives on how to transfer between airport and hotel we have detailed information on our New York page here.

Where to stay: 4 nights pre-cruise in New York

We have recommended hotels in Manhattan for you located in the neighborhoods of Midtown and Downtown Manhattan where many visitors choose to stay. In particular we love the Downtown neighborhood around Greenwich and Soho.

Choose the location that suits you and your family the best. Find our recommended New York hotels here on our “Cruise from New York” article!

If you are not already, join the hotel members program before you travel and take advantage of any freebies at check in, preferential rates, promotions or exclusive offers. For example, if you are a member of the Hilton Honors program it’s free of charge and you can start earning bonus points from you very first visit. Our perk when we checked in was bottled water in our room, welcome cookies, and breakfast included free for the kids.

Your itinerary: 4 nights New York + 9 night Canada and New England Cruise from New York

Day 1: Arrive in New York

Arrive at one of 3 main airports servicing visitors to New York, having booked your flight with your favorite airline.

Transfer to your hotel following the advice we provide here on our New York page.

Check in to your hotel or if it’s too early and your room is not ready, leave your luggage with the Concierge and get out and explore the immediate area around your hotel. You’re really here! the most exciting city in the world!

Day 2-4: Exploring New York

Spend the next 3 days exploring New York. Follow our detailed itineraries, or do as little or as much as you like of our suggestions! You are sure to see much more along the way!

If you are wanting to see a Broadway performance whilst in the city, your concierge desk at the hotel should be able to help you. But remember the most popular shows are often sold out long before performance dates, so if this is on your bucket list, book in advance before you leave home.

Day 5: Check in day for your cruise!

If you have not booked a pre-arranged transfer then ask your hotel to book a taxi for you to get you to your departure port.

Your port name and check-in time is on your cruise ticket. Make sure you get to the correct cruise port terminal and that you get there in time!

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
  • Name of Ship: Adventure of the Seas
  • Start Date: June – October 2022. Cruise dates for 2023 yet to be announced. (Tip! Cruise dates and itineraries are subject to change at any time check with Celebrity Cruises at the time of booking)
  • Cruise Port: From Cape Liberty, New Jersey 

Remember to download the Royal Caribbean app before you travel. This app is really a must-have now, it makes everything so much easier and smoother both before and during your cruise. Using the app, you can check in online, see all activities offered on board so you don’t miss out on the fun, book specialty dining or shore excursions, keep in touch with friends and family you are travelling with on board (the app works without internet access!), and you can even checkin for safety drills. Download it before you leave home – it’s amazing!

Days 5 to 14: Cruise Canada & New England (9 nights/10 days)

Cruise Day 1: New York (Cruise Port Cape Liberty, New Jersey)

Check-in for your cruise at Cape Liberty, New Jersey. Climb aboard Adventure of the Seas and discover this gorgeous ship, your new home for a while.

The junior suite with balcony gave us plenty of space for 2 adults and 2 teenagers. There was storage for suitcases under the bed and enough room in the wardrobes. The balcony definitely helps in making the cabin feel even more spacious.

Once you’re in your cabin, relax, unpack and unwind. Explore the ship or grab a bite to eat and get up on deck for the sail away experience out of New York harbor. Don’t miss it! If you’re really lucky perhaps your captain will sail pass Lady Liberty twice, for a really great close-up.

Cruise Day 2: At Sea

Spend your first day at sea relaxing on board your cruise ship. Check the Royal Caribbean app to see what activities are scheduled on board and join in as much or as little as you want to.

There is always a lot going on, but at the same time this is your chance to really relax after a few hectic days in New York City. So you can do exactly as you please.

Familiarize yourself with the ship, check out the dining options, book a massage or relax by the pool. If you’re feeling sporty there is rock climbing, ice-skating, surfing on the Flowrider or mini-golf. Or perhaps some retail therapy in the shopping mall.

Cruise Day 3: Boston

The cruise ship will spend a whole day in Boston harbor, ensuring that you have time to see as much as possible today. The harbor is adjacent to the city and Royal Caribbean will provide a shuttle bus to get you into the city centre, about 12 minutes on the bus.

The shuttle bus drop off point was opposite Legal Seafood on State Street, close by the Boston Marriott Long Wharf. From here we walked everywhere, without the need to use local buses or trains. We opted to stay in the city and do a self-guided tour, but there are some fantastic excursions to join to further afield if you prefer.

From the wharfside, walk straight up State Street until you reach Old State House. Now a museum, it was the original seat of the colonial Government. Nearby you find a pavement marker to mark the site of the 1770 Boston Massacre.

From here we made our way to Boston Common to the start of the Freedom Trail. The whole The 4 km walking trail tells the story of the American Revolution and beyond.

You can do the walk yourselves – you can download a brochure of all the 16 sights to see here – or better still join a tour group. The guides are exceptionally knowledge and it’s a great way to discover your love of history.

Break for lunch at the fabulous Quincy Market – 3 market building under one roof with amazing food, snacks and shopping. Try a lobster roll, the clam chowder or a Boston Cream Pie.

We finished off the day with shopping at Macy’s on Washington Street before heading back to our cruise ship. A memorable day in the heart of Boston.

Cruise Day 4: Bar Harbor, Maine

Another great day awaits as you disembark Adventure of the Seas at Bar Harbor, located on Mount Desert Island, your first port of call in Maine. This is a tender port, meaning that the cruise ship will anchor out at sea and you will transported to the harbour in tender boats.

In Bar Harbor, it is possible to have a fabulous day without paying for a cruise excursion. At the harborside there is a little blue Visitor Information booth where you can pick up maps of the town. We chose to spend the day visiting Acadia National Park.

Cross the road and head up Main Street, taking your time to explore the town and browse in the charming shops.

Turn right at the Village Green onto Firefly Lane. Just along the road on the right hand side is the Arcadia National Park and Island Explorer information. Talk to the park rangers here, there are maps and a mass of information they can give you about which hike would suit you and your family. There are trails from easy to difficult.

Just across the road right opposite, climb on the bus to take you to Sand Beach. From Sand Beach we hiked the Great Head Trail.

Back in the town, leave time to try the lobster out on the Terrace Grille of Bar Harbor Inn & Spa. It’s a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy the view of your cruise ship anchored off shore.

End your day with a scenic walk along Bar Harbor Shore Path before returning to the harborside to catch the last tug boat back to the cruise ship.

Cruise Day 5: Portland, Maine

As you disembark the ship in Portland you will easily find the Visit Portland Information Center at Ocean Gateway Pier. Pick up a map of the town there. The staff will also be able to give you information about excursions if you do not have anything pre-booked.

You can even download a visitors guide before you leave home here.

The Old Port waterfront has warehouses converted into restaurants and shops that are worth exploring, as is the historic town.

However, our recommended way to spend the day is with an excursion to the Portland Head Light, on Cape Elizabeth. This historic lighthouse and navigation museum is located along a beautiful coastline in Fort Williams National Park.

Alternatively book a boat excursion with a local lobsterman. Whilst boating through the waters of Casco Bay you will be pulling lobster traps and learning all about conservation efforts. This is also a great way to see the historical forts and lighthouses along the coast. It’s a fabulous lobstering experience.

Cruise Day 6: Saint John, New Brunswick

As you cruise into Canadian waters, you will most likely have passport control on board the cruise ship. Saint John is a fantastic stop on your cruise – whether your love the great outdoors or are a history enthusiast, this place has it all.

Start your day by heading towards Market Place, a great open-air space where you can see and sample the local produce. This historic waterfront area is host to numerous events throughout the year.

If you and your family love to hike, then about an hour away is the Fundy Trail. It’s a picturesque hike along coastal paths and waterfalls. Walk the suspension bridge over Big Salmon River.

Alternatively visit the outstanding Stonehammer Geopark. You can zipline, kajak, paddle canoe, or join a guided walking tour.

Don’t leave without visiting the Skywalk – a rooftop observation platform with a glass floor. Learn about Reversing Falls Rapids and see this amazing phenomenon close up.

Cruise Day 7: At Sea

Cruise Day 8: Halifax, Nova Scotia

When we cruised Canada and New England we docked in Halifax on Canada Day. The town was alive with music and outdoor celebrations.

It’s easy to explore the town yourself. There is a visitor information centre located at 1655 Lower Water St. After you exit the cruise arrival terminal building, go right and follow the boardwalk. Pick up maps and speak to local guides at the information center.

We bought hop on/hop off bus tickets, and then headed to the Maritime Museum, right next door.

Located in Nova Scotia, eastern Canada, Halixfax has one of the largest harbors in the world and is an important Atlantic seaport. The history of the city is forever linked to the Titantic as boats from Halifax were sent out to help in the recovery of bodies from the Titanic disaster of 1912.

The Maritime Museum has all kinds of artifacts from the Titanic to see and stories to read. We then used our bus tickets to visit the Fairlawn Cemetary, about 20 minutes outside of town where many of the recoved bodies of the Titantic sinking were buried.

Back in the town, there were plenty of vintage vinyl shops to visit, great shopping and boardwalk eateries famous for their seafood.

Two of the best day excursions from Halifax that you may want to consider are firstly a whale watching expedition. There is plenty of fantastic marine life to explore along the coast and you have a good chance of seeing whales in the surrounding Nova Scotia waters.

Next, a visit to Peggy’s Cove is a really popular excursion. This rural fishing community is located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay, about one hour by bus from the center of Halifax. The surrounding area and walking trails around the  Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse is extremely pretty and well worth a visit.

Cruise Day 9: At Sea

Cruise Day 10: Return to New York (Cruise Port Cape Liberty, New Jersey)

Disembark at Cape Liberty. Head back into New York to extend your stay if you have booked extra hotel nights. Or transfer back to your airport with Royal Caribbean’s transfer bus for your flight home.

Book your transfer in advance at the same time you book your cruise, because places on board the airport buses can become fully booked. Remember if you have a morning flight booked to take your home, ask the cruise line for an early check out from the ship to ensure you get on one of the first transfer buses.

Top tip! Royal Caribbean have also announced 7-night cruises for 2022/2023 to Canada and New England starting and ending in Boston! So if you are interesting in spending more time in Boston, start your cruise from here instead and book 3 or 4 nights at a hotel in Boston. You will cruise on board Voyager of the Seas.

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